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Attorneys argue PTSD caused Howland man to kill two, wound three

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Attorneys for a Howland man claim that their client accused of killing two people and wounding three others outside his home last February, did so because he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The claim is contained in a motion filed on behalf of Nasser Hamad, who plans to say he acted in self-defense when he goes on trial next month in a death penalty case in which he is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The motion seeks to permit the testimony of Dr. James Reardon, who defense attorneys say will testify that at the time of the shootings, Hamad was suffering from PTSD because of death threats allegedly made by some of the shooting victims over the previous six months.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, associated many times with soldiers who have experienced combat, is an intense physical and emotional response to thoughts and reminders of a traumatic event that lasts for many weeks or months after the event, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The defense motion argues that the confrontation caused PTSD that caused Hamad to go into survival mode.

Prosecutors say it was the 48-year-old Hamad who goaded the group of people to come to his home in February through a conversation on Facebook.

Hamad's trial is scheduled to begin on October 11.

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